My old makeshift rain barrel platform (constructed of pieces of old pressure-treated lumber) was sinking into the ground, and my rain barrel was listing. So I got a few concrete blocks, some spare brick, and a couple 24″ pavers and constructed a new one:
It is very sturdy, level and ultimately reusable. Nothing is mortared together – just heavy enough to stay in place, even if the barrel is empty of the 440 pounds of water it could hold.
I arranged the blocks in such a way that toads and other small critters have an opening to the interior and can access the inside and hide out in little “rooms” formed by the different blocks.
I want to go back to the homebrew store and buy another barrel. I’m eager to double my capacity.